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Disputes about fixed term contracts from 6 December 2023

13 Nov 2023

From 6 December 2023, new limits on the use of fixed term contracts will be in place. For employees other than casuals, this includes:

  • Maximum 2-year contract period — A fixed term contract can’t be for a period of more than 2 years, including renewals and extensions.
  • No more than 2 consecutive contracts — In certain circumstances, an employee can’t have more than 2 consecutive contracts for the same or similar work.

If an employee and employer are in dispute about a fixed term contract, and the issue can’t be resolved at the workplace, the Commission may be able to deal with the dispute. This includes by mediation, conciliation or consent arbitration.

Find out more about disputes about fixed term contracts.